January 23, 2014

TheTsarina Essentials - Some Of My Holy Grail Beauty Products

Like monthly favorite except lifetime favorites. I've already made a comprehensive post about my nail care holy grail products but I'm highly committed to more than just nail products. I'm a very brand loyal person. Almost all of my interests are just set in stone and very rarely change. I could eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner for months. I'll literally play a new song I like over and over and over on repeat for weeks at a time. I'm probably going to be elderly and still shopping at Forever21 just like I was when I was 13 and 18 and 23.

This definitely extends to beauty products - I find something that works and stick to it. Sometimes it's just because I know what I like but other times it's just because a product is too good to stray from. I consider myself married to products like these. I don't run out to try new versions of them unless the new product is incredibly acclaimed and even then I proceed with caution. I use these products and these products alone. I just robotically buy a new one without any kind of thought, over and over until I'm dead, whenever I run out of the following:

 L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray Holy Grail Products

L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray

My all time, most important piece of beauty advice is to trust women from three states and three states alone on matters pertaining to your hair and nails. Those states are New York, New Jersey and Texas. In my experience, women from those places are committed to big, voluminous hair and know exactly what hairspray to use to make that happen. That hairspray is L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray. Elnett has been a staple for decades. My favorite part in the heavily Oscar nominated, 70's style period piece American Hustle was the opening sequence where Christian Bale prepares his comb-over with L'Oreal Elnett. This was perfect for me because I like to believe that Jersey and New York had a China level smog coating them in the 70's due to Elnett hairspray.

via NYMag.com
Half a century's worth of popularity in one of the most hairsprayed areas of America definitely counts for something. This spray isn't kidding around when they advertise an extra strong hold. Unfortunately, even the unscented version smells like something an exterminator would use on a bug infestation. It may be the real reason the tristate area can smell so toxic.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Holy Grail Products

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
I'm very wary about eyelash curlers. I've tried several and always end up with same results - my lashes breaking off in chunks, right in the middle of the hair shafts. I originally thought someone was cutting my lashes off while I slept to be vengeful. I guess I live the kind of life where that could be a possibility because I was shocked and appalled when I realized it was the work of my drugstore brand eyelash curler. You mean to tell me cheap curlers with break my lashes in half? Sorry, here I was thinking I was at the center of some kind of elaborate mind gamey revenge plot involving my eye hairs.

Shu Uemura is the only eyelash curler I've touched since those traumatic experiences. It dramatically increases my lashes' volume and opens up my eyes. My boyfriend asked why I was wearing fake eyelashes after my first use and, I mean, that's the dream. I always want to look too overdone with minimal effort. Best of all, I've been using this eyelash curler for a solid month now and my eyelashes are still intact. Not a single severed lash to be found even though this curler reaches even my most tiny, fragile inner lashes. I'm not shocked that this thing is pretty gold standard in the makeup industry. It lives up to the hype and then some.

MAC Phloof! Eyeshadow Holy Grail Product Swatch
MAC Phloof! Eyeshadow Holy Grail Product Swatch

MAC Phloof! Eyeshadow
This pearl color is my favorite highlight because of how reflective it is. It's like brushing ground up fairy wings onto your brow bone. It just knocks all my other go to highlight shades out of the park. Some days, I wish it was the early 2000's so it would be acceptable to just haphazardly brush this all over my entire eyelid.

MAC 217 Blending Brush
I don't know how I was attempting to put on make up before this brush came into my life. Even now, I feel awkward using any other kind of brush for blending my eyeshadow. There's just nothing that makes it as easy as the MAC 217. It's the perfect combination of stiff and fluffy and every other brush makes me feel like I'm a five year old who snuck into her mommy's make up bag instead of a capable adult who knows what she's doing. I've had another one or two on my wishlist for almost a year now so I can always have a clean one on hand for the most stubborn of blending situation. Do you think you're hopeless and could never learn how to apply eyeshadow? Pick up a MAC 217 and laugh at your former insecurity.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow 
 This is my original Naked palette and it's safe to say I use the shade Naked a smidgen more than the other shadows. I use it almost every single time I do my makeup. It's so easy to blend out neutral shades with Naked and works well as an all over the lid color when I'm keeping it low key. Those times are when I'm waking up at 7AM and I've allotted 3 minutes total to do my makeup. I'm kind of nervous about what I'm going to do when I finally run out of Naked since the rest of my palette is still pretty full.

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